Board of Directors

Dr. David Lashmore
Co-Founder and CEO

Dr. Pavel Bystricky
Co-Founder and CTO

Ivka Kalus

David Lashmore — Chief Executive Officer
PhD, Materials Science, Univ. of Virginia
MS, Physics, Michigan Tech.
BS, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Univ. of Florida

Dr. Lashmore is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the development of carbon and boron nitride nanotube fibers. In addition to his role as CEO of Boronite, he is Research Professor, Materials Science and Physics, at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to co-founding Boronite, Dr. Lashmore was also co-founder of Materials Innovation, focused on the development and production of coated metallic powders used for very high strength PM steels and soft magnetic alloys, and Nanocomp, focused on the synthesis of carbon nanotube tapes and fibers. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lashmore was a researcher at NIST, where he was instrumental in the development of artificial superlattices using electrochemical techniques. He conducted fundamental work in compositionally modulated alloys, which led to the formation of several successful commercial companies, including Modumetal. He also developed a coated powder technology now being used in the powder metallurgy industry for soft magnetic materials. Altogether Dr. Lashmore holds 42 issued patents and is the author of over 90 archival papers. Total citations of his research exceed 2400. He has received many awards for his innovations, including:

  • “Invented Here Award” in 2014 for top New England Inventors for Patents on Nanotube Antennas and CNT Yarn and Sheet formation
  • The Wall Street Journal award
  • NASA Nano-50 Award
  • Time Invention of the Year (2000) for compact P/M press
  • Powder Metallurgy Award (2000) for Advanced Soft Magnetic Materials

Dr. Lashmore is a UNH delegate to the New England Council on Advanced Manufacturing and has been on the advisory committee to the NH Governor for Education.


Pavel Bystricky — Chief Technology Officer
PhD, Materials Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Materials Science-Metallurgy, INP – GPM2 Grenoble
BSE, Materials Science-Metallurgy, INP – ENSEE Grenoble

Dr. Bystricky is CTO of Boronite and is responsible for managing day-to-day operations. He is a leading materials expert with in-depth knowledge of nanotubes, nanotechnology, composites, metals, and smart materials. Prior to co-founding Boronite, Dr. Bystricky was founder and president of Mat-IQ, an Engineering R&D Services company. He was also affiliated professor of Materials Science at the University of New Hampshire, where he worked with Dr. Lashmore on the development of a state-of-the-art automated production system of nanotube fibers and on the characterization of nanotube structural, mechanical, and electrical properties. Earlier in his career, Dr. Bystricky was the Director of Advanced Materials at Kazak Composites and the Director of Product Development at CeraNova Corporation. He was also a research scientist at École des Mines and Électricité de France (EDF), where he developed a general quantitative model of stress corrosion cracking in nuclear power plant cooling systems, and at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility, where he designed a water purification system for a neutrino detector. Dr. Bystricky has several patents, most of them related to carbon, ceramic and metal composite advanced materials. He also has numerous publications related to the development of advanced materials and smart structures.


Ivka Kalus — Co-Founder 
MALD, Natural Resource Economics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
BA, Biology, Harvard University

A co-founder of Boronite, Ivka has oversight of budget and finances of the corporation. She has a long career in finance as an analyst and portfolio manager. Her expertise includes fundamental, quantitative and macroeconomic analysis, risk management, financial modeling, cash management, new product development, marketing, and sustainable investing. Prior to her career in Finance, Ivka was a Management Consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge MA and in Prague, where she worked on numerous privatization projects of state-owned enterprises. She currently serves on the Boards of the Boston Economic Club and United Planet.


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